Barson, Kelly. 45 Pounds (More or Less). Y FIC Barson
Struggling with poor self-image issues that are complicated by her slender mother, plus-sized Ann resolves to lose a significant amount of weight before standing as bridesmaid to her aunt, an effort that involves an infomercial diet plan, unfortunate dance lessons, and a series of romantic embarrassments.
Creech, Sharon. Absolutely Normal Chaos. YPB FIC Creech (SUMMER READING)
Thirteen-year-old Mary Lou grows up considerably during the summer while learning about romance, homesickness, death, and her cousin’s search for his biological father.
Demetrios, Heather. Something Real. Y FIC Demetrios
Since the cancellation of her family’s reality television show, seventeen-year-old Bonnie Baker, one of twelve siblings, has tried to live a normal life with real friends and a possible boyfriend, until her mother and the show’s producers decide to bring “Baker’s Dozen” back on the air.
Dessen, Sarah. Along for the Ride. Y FIC Dessen
When Auden goes to stay with her father, stepmother, and new baby sister the summer before she starts college, all the trauma of her parents’ divorce is revived, even as she is making new friends and having fun new experiences.
Farmer, Nancy. A Girl Named Disaster. Y FIC Farmer
While journeying to Zimbabwe, eleven-year-old Nhamo struggles to escape drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close to the luminous world of the African spirits.
Green. John. An Abundance of Katherines. Y FIC Green
Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.
Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot. Y FIC Hiaasen
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy’s attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.
Holt, Kimberly Willis. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town. Y FIC Holt
During the summer of 1971 in a small Texas town, thirteen-year-old Toby and his best friend Cal meet the star of a sideshow act, 600-pound Zachary, the fattest boy in the world.
Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted. Y FIC Levine / YPB L
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.
Paulsen, Gary. The Haymeadow. Y FIC Paulsen
Fourteen-year-old John comes of age and gains self-reliance during the summer he spends up in the Wyoming mountains tending his father’s herd of sheep.
Peck, Richard. A Long Way From Chicago. Y FIC Peck // YPB Peck
A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother. SEQUELS: A Year Down Yonder (2000), A Season of Gifts (2009)
Picoult, Jodi & Van Leer, Samantha. Between the Lines. Y FIC Picoult
Told in their separate voices, sixteen-year-old Prince Oliver, who wants to break free of his fairy tale existence, and fifteen-year-old Delilah, a loner obsessed with Prince Oliver and the book in which he exists, work together to seek his freedom
Sachar, Louis. Holes. Y FIC Sachar/ Y PB S
As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
Van Draanen, Wendelin. Flipped. Y FIC Van Draanen (SUMMER READING)
In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.
Whelan, Gloria. Homeless Bird. Y FIC Whelan
When thirteen-year-old Koly enters into an ill-fated arranged marriage, she must either suffer a destiny dictated by India’s tradition or find the courage to oppose it.